Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, announced it will add the Virtutech product line to its embedded software product portfolio after the completion of Intel Corporation’s acquisition of Virtutech signed earlier this week. Virtutech, founded in 1998, is based in San Jose, Calif. and operates a development center in Stockholm, Sweden.
Wind River will sell and support Virtutech’s flagship development platform, Simics, as a stand-alone product and will continue to support all current architectures including ARM, Intel, MIPS and PowerPC. Simics will allow Wind River to offer a market-leading virtual systems development solution in a growing market segment of virtualization and simulation tools for device software development.
“The addition of Virtutech’s development platforms to our product line will allow Wind River to offer greater value to customers across the entire product lifecycle and deepen current relationships with our broad set of silicon partners,” said Ken Klein, president, Wind River. “Time-to-market remains the single most challenging issue that sophisticated electronic equipment manufacturers need to address and ultimately control in order to remain competitive. With the addition of the Simics products, Wind River adds a key solution to further help customers improve time-to-market, as system complexity and ever more stringent demands upon overall system quality rapidly increase.”
“Through our long-standing partnership with Wind River, it became evident that both companies shared a vision of how we can help the electronic systems market rethink how it goes about complex product development by deploying virtual platforms,” said John Lambert, CEO, Virtutech. “Time and again, Virtutech has helped customers and partners improve time-to-market by enabling the full sweep of systems development activities to take place on a virtual platform, freeing them up to apply new and innovative ways of running systems development projects. By combining with Wind River, we now have the opportunity to dramatically accelerate the spread of this key market trend and to bring the benefits of virtual platforms to a broader audience.”
Simics provides binary-compatible hardware simulations that operate completely within a virtualized environment running on standard laptop or desktop PCs. This strategy allows OEMs to undertake critical software development activities on a virtual platform, independently of any hardware development schedules, semiconductor availability constraints or other limitations. This also allows semiconductor manufacturers to redefine complex system-on-chip development with greater ecosystem support and customer engagement. Virtutech therefore enables customers to manage complexity, drive improved quality and achieve higher productivity, all while lowering capital expenditure and shortening total development time.
Acquired by Intel last year, Wind River develops operating systems, middleware (software found between an OS and software application), and software design tools for a variety of embedded computing systems. Its main products include VxWorks, the market-leading proprietary and multicore-ready real-time operating system, and commercial-grade Linux software platforms. The company also provides design services and software expertise, including custom-built solutions, development tools and device testing products. With thousands of customers, Wind River technology is relied upon by most major computer and networking communications companies, and is used by corporations and government agencies such as Alcatel-Lucent, BMW, Boeing, Bombardier Transportation, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NASA, Sony, Verizon and many more.
Intel’s acquisition of privately-held Virtutech is expected to be completed this quarter. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Virtutech, Inc. is the leader in product development process improvement through virtualized systems development (VSD). Virtutech Simics® allows for a revolutionary change in the product development process at a full system level rather than a component level and is a commercial solution that uniquely delivers the four most important criteria for successful deployment of hardware virtualization in the electronics equipment development process: speed, scalability, model availability, and control. Simics customers report reduced time to market, better project risk management, lower capital expenditure, product development cost and maintenance as well as increased quality and individual productivity. Virtutech serves the needs of the world’s leading OEMs in the high-performance computing, aerospace and defense, telecommunications, networking and semiconductor industries. Customers include Cisco, Ericsson, Freescale Semiconductor, GE Avionics, Honeywell, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Nortel and Northrop Grumman. Virtutech is an active participant in organizations to drive adoption of VSD such as ARM Connected Community, Eclipse.org, IBM PartnerWorld, Multicore Association, Power.org, OSCI and Spirit Consortium.
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981 and its technology is found in more than 500 million products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif. with offices in more than 15 countries.